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Daily Briefing: Kenyan Doctors End Strike Over Pay, Lack of COVID-19 Protection

Doctors employed by Kenya’s Nairobi County government have agreed to end a six-day strike over delayed salaries and a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling patients who may have COVID-19.

The 320 striking doctors walked out last week. They’re furious that they’ve been given faulty protective gear, or none at all. Hundreds of government health workers have fallen sick with the coronavirus, and yet many say their medical insurance was cut in July, just when hospitals became overwhelmed with cases.

Experts say, pandemic is now straining medical workers to the breaking point in a country known for having one of the better health care systems in Africa.

The government in an agreement, promised to pay doctors on the fifth day of every month, failing which the doctors were free to stop work without notice.



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